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Honda Fit Care - Interior & Exterior

SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
edited April 8 in Honda
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  • sd_driversd_driver Posts: 49
    Since there's no Appearance Maintenance thread yet (or no Mechanical Maintenance thread yet, either), what types of exterior maintenance do people recommend?

    What type of protectants?
    Zaino?
    Zymol?
    Turtle?
    McGuires?

    My Fit is red. I know red fades faster than any other color. So I'm looking for some suggestions to sort through.

    Do people have waxing/polishing regimens that they follow?

    Thanks for any help.
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    NuFinish has worked well for me. Zymol doesn't last long enough, although it has very "user friendly" (non-toxic) ingredients. Not impressed with Meguiars NXT of Turtle Wax 2000.
  • sd_driversd_driver Posts: 49
    Do you have an opinion on the use of "dusters" to keep car looking clean between washes? Do they leave scratches?
  • jonniedeejonniedee Posts: 111
    Since there's no Appearance Maintenance thread yet (or no Mechanical Maintenance thread yet, either), what types of exterior maintenance do people recommend?

    #1 - Honda spray polish cleaner!!! :shades:

    http://hondacuraworld.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=08C25-- P011M&Category_Code=CC
  • w9cww9cw Posts: 888
    I've been using high-line protectants and wax since 1964, and IMO the best available today is Klasse. It's not easy to find, as it's German, but well worth it.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Novus makes the best clearcoat polish on the market. It comes in three grit levels
    #3: polishing compound
    #2: Car wax levels.
    #1: no grit at all.

    #1 is what you use on a new car. Protects as well as any of the waxes, though it is clear - it won't bring back much shine if the car is faded.

    It's generally sold at gaming supply stores and boating stores(since it also works for plastic and fiberglass). $0 is spent on advertizing it - it's marketed at professionals only.

    Works fantastic. Also keeps plastic lenses from getting yellow.
  • What about this new Synthetic polish.Goes onclear no white stuff.

    Any Comments???
  • sd_driversd_driver Posts: 49
    I got some 1 Grand ERV dressing for the exterior rubber and vinyl of my Fit. I have a couple of questions because, well, up until now, caring for the exterior of my car has meant washing it occasionally.

    I've noticed that it is impossible to put the dressing on the rubber/vinyl without spillover to the painted surface. (No, I'm not going to tape up my car every time I want to dress the vinyl.) Not only that, it leaves a cloudy residue that has to be buffed off. :mad:

    Two questions:
    1) Will the ERV harm the painted surface?

    2) If I wash the car before applying the dressing, can I just remove the excess dressing when I waxand buff the car after?

    BTW: I'll be using Optimum Car Wax when I wax it.
  • coolchidcoolchid Posts: 33
    When wiping down the Fit (less than 400 miles driven - both city & freeway) after an hour's drive about town, I've noticed that there is an accumulation of fine black dust on the rear sill (below the lift-gate). It almost looks like brake dust, but I know that can't be, or exhuast soot?? It does seem more concentrated on the right side. Has anybody else noticed this or have any idea where it might be coming from?
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    For me it appears on the window, the hatch, and the bumper. I first noticed it on a sticker I have on my rear window when the white area was covered in the dust after a few weeks without a wash.

    I never really thought about the source, but I figured it would be from the high-traffic freeway driving I do on the quite crowded I-5 in southern California.
  • jethadenjethaden Posts: 36
    I get dark soot/dust/dirt on the top of the back bumper (below hatch) where water collects and drys, leaving stuff behind. I rinse it off weekly. I would expect its collecting on back of car due to vacuum (lack of turbulence in back) while driving.
  • It's clear, you don't have to worry about getting on the metal "Fit" emblem because it leaves no "white residue". It is easy to use and really looks great on the Black color.
  • frogdaddyfrogdaddy Posts: 33
    link title

    Astro Shield

    I've always used this. No silicones (promotes oxidation). Not a wax. Petroleum based (which I believe comes from the road to begin with no?)
    Polish and glaze not a wax. Probably similar to NuFinish. Non abrasive and works good with the orbital.
  • frogdaddyfrogdaddy Posts: 33
    My rear window strip on my rear passenger door is folded under and needs be replaced. 2 weeks to order. I hope this is not an indication of problems to come with this car. Other than that I love it. :confuse:
  • frogdaddyfrogdaddy Posts: 33
    My kid decided to climb in the back and push the rubber grommit that hides the hole to the interior hatch release.
    I had to take apart the interior plastic which led to scratching and breaking clips. Argh!!!! Oh well I can replace the clips and now I know how the interior plastic comes off. I can live with some of the plastic scrapes too. But I think the plastic is almost too cheap since it scratches so easily. Just me. :cry:
  • havingafithavingafit Posts: 22
    Ya see! Kids are highly over-rated!!!! (JUST JOKING!!!!) :D
  • doefdoef Posts: 3
    Hi all,

    This is actually my first post in this forum.
    I just bought used Fit which is 2WD (GD1) in Japan. But there is significant scratch on glove cover. So I am planning to replcae it. Yes, I could find the part in auction. But the auction offers the glove cover for GD2 and GD3.

    GD1: 1.3L L13A engine 2WD
    GD2: 1.3L L13A engine 4WD (Japan only)
    GD3: 1.5L L15A engine 2WD

    I am wondering if they are using the same glove cover.

    I really appreciate your help.

    Regards.
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    The glove compartment cover should be the same. I would have assumed the GD1 was a popular choice in Japan so I am not sure why they would only state "GD2 and GD3" in the auction...or why not GD4 as well?
    The color would be my only concern. From Honda's Japanese Fit site, it appears that there are different upholstery colors/designs on different levels of the Fit, and I don't know if that might extend to the plastics too?

    Anyway, as long as you can find one that is the same color as your GD1, I think any JDM Fit glove compartment cover would work. Best of luck! :)
  • doefdoef Posts: 3
    Thanks Hungarian83.

    I will bid that part.

    Regards.
  • ramoramo Posts: 66
    Our ladder carved a nice little scratch in the dash. Best way to fix?
    Dealership or autobody shop? :cry:
  • My Honda Fit Sport just hit 4 mos and 11,200 miles. I've been very careful in picking my parking spots and before yesterday, the car has been dingless - and I live in the NY area. :blush:

    Now, this morning I noticed on the hood right next to the left headlight is a noticeable ding. :sick: It looks like it was from a rock so I wonder if the Fit's steep sloped hood is not good at deflecting the uncontrollable debris.

    Maybe time for a nose mask? :D College Hills sells the full nose mask though.
  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    I expected lots of dings and paint chips (and cracked headlights/foglights) because of rocks and debris from all the trucks and road construction in my area. I considered a nose mask too.

    I had a leather bra on a previous Civic which did protect it from the rocks, but caused other problems. It rubbed on the areas where it was attached and damaged the paint. It was also a major pain to take off and put on. When moisture got trapped underneath it caused a different type of paint damage. I finally threw it away.

    For my Fit I decided to go with paint protectant film (X-Pel). It was expensive ($800+ for the complete kit installed) but it looks great and does protect the car. I've seen older luxury and sports cars with it, and the paint and glass on their front ends looked like new. It comes with a 5-year warranty. You wash and wax it just like it's not there. After 3 months of this kind of driving I have no dings or chips and the headlights and fogs are perfect. But a stray rock has already shattered my windshield. I had it replaced in July.

    Other Fit owners have already lost 1 or more headlights/fogs. Just add up the cost of replacing those and you'll see that this pays for itself. There are many other makes of this film too (ClearBra, etc.) If your car is exposed to a lot of rocks/debris I would highly recommend it. :)
  • fitman548fitman548 Posts: 172
    So I was in the back of the car, changing, and realized that you can't open the rear hatch from the inside. I saw what I though might be a release button, it's a one inch round plastic button right in the middle of the door, toward the bottom. I pushed it, and it pushed right INTO the door, leaving a one inch hole. It was a cap of some sort. I can't figure out why it was there. It seems that you can reach part of the rear latch; there's a metal flange that I can move either left or right. Not sure if that's a way to prevent the rear hatch from opening, or a way to release the hatch if you're stuck.

    But it's not like a trunk: you could just go out the back door. So two questions

    what is this access hole here for, and
    how do I get that plastic cap out of my hatch door?
  • My Base AT Fit is about 5 months old now, and I've run into a problem with the lock on the driver's side door.

    It's difficult to get the key into the keyhole. Both keys work great on the passenger side, and they also work great in the ignition. However, they both feel like they are grating against something when I insert them in the driver's side door.

    Any thoughts on why this might be, and any suggestions for solutions?

    MK
  • something like this should do the trick:

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    ~marc
  • Ok, thanks!

    Also, just called Honda and they think there may be a burr issue with lock tumbler, so I'm taking it in to have them look at it. It's free, so might as well!
  • jkandelljkandell Posts: 116
    I bought my car a month ago, and just noticed two tiny cuts/chips in the black plastic frame, above the left and right front door windows, right under the rubber. The lunar blue paint shows through.

    Is there some quick way to "patch" the plastic?

    image
  • I just picked up my new Fit this week. So far I am very happy with it. However, with all the snow we are getting I am concerned about the effect of the salt on the paint. Since I am fairly clueless on the whole waxing procedures for a car I am looking for someone to help me out.

    What is the difference between a wax and a polishing compound? When do I need to use each? Any suggested brands? Thanks! :)
  • johnnyxjohnnyx Posts: 5
    Hi, I have had my fit sport for about 3 months. I really like the car. Yesterday, I noticed on the lower panel on drivers side door is kind of scratched up and a little cloudy looking. I thought maybe this is my fault from my feet when i get in and out of the car, but I also noticed this on the rear passenger side also. Any Ideas on what might be causing this and remedies? Also, my dad took it to a carwash with brushes and now I noticed there are those really lite scratches in the clearcoat. Any idea on how to get rid of those? I am totally clueless on car repair. THanks!
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